Most days I just go about my business and eat what my body is feeling it needs. I usually just wake up, and whatever I’m craving that day I just assume is for a good reason (as long as it’s a healthy choice…I’m not talking about cookies here!) and I flow with it.
But then there are just those random days where I’m legit in the mood for nothing. I wake up, I’m hungry, but then I’m like, Eh. I could take it or leave it.
In these circumstances I actually choose my meals even more wisely than usual, because I know if I’m just not feelin’ it, that’s the best time to eat something uber healthy!
As I got to thinking about what I wanted to share with you guys today, I realized there are three foods I absolutely could not, and do not live without in my daily life. The reason for this is, these three foods contain some of the most essential properties our bodies need in order to stay healthy, fight disease, eliminate wastes efficiently, produce vitamins and minerals, and assist our cells with optimal function.
These three foods, without even thinking twice, are automatically part of my daily eating regimen. And there is a reason for it, which I want to share with you guys.
1. The first foods I just can’t live without are berries. Berries are loaded with powerful anti-oxidants, which our bodies need for keeping our cells healthy and strengthening our immune system.
Berries contain the phytonutrients called flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that can help protect against things like cancer caused by free-radical damage. Generally, the darker and riper the berries, the more flavonoids they contain.
Other foods that contain powerful antioxidants are black and red grapes, red wine, organic 100% cacao (we are not talking about a Hershey bar here), cranberries and cherries.
Our bodies need antioxidants to prevent damage from free radicals. Don’t underestimate the power of berries in your world!
How I use my berries: I add berries to my smoothies daily. I also eat them on their own, or even make fully raw desserts with them.
2. Next on the list are avocados. Strange pick? Not so much! Avocados are high in many nutrients, such as Vitamins K, C, E, and B6. They are also high in folate and contain more potassium than a banana!
Potassium is an important mineral that many don’t get enough of, and helps support optimal blood pressure levels. I have even read that, according to some, avocados are considered a superfood (food particularly high in nutrient value).
And the avocado party doesn’t stop there. In addition to all the health properties listed above, avocados are a high fat food…high in beneficial fats, that is. Avocados are high in monounsaturated oleic acid, which is anti-inflammatory and heart healthy.
Our cells need healthy fats to function optimally…don’t be afraid of fats, especially if they come from an amazingly healthy fruit like the avocado.
How I use avocados: I add avocados to everything. I eat them plain with a spoon. I add them to salads, pizzas, pastas, wraps, sauces, and as a side or garnish to pretty much any main dish. The uses for avocados are endless…incorporate them wherever you can!
3. And finally, the last food on the must eat list…fermented foods. Fermented foods contain the following unbeatable health properties:
*Plethora of probiotics for healthy digestion, absorption and elimination
*Digestive enzymes to help break down our food
*Vitamins and minerals
With all the exposure to antibiotics these days, we need as many probiotics as we can get. Probiotics help to fight invaders, heal and seal the intestinal lining, produce much needed vitamins and minerals in the body, absorb the nutrients we get from food, improve digestion and elimination and more.
Fermented foods contain more probiotics in just one tablespoon than any probiotic pill could provide. I eat 1-2 tablespoons of raw organic sauerkraut with two meals per day, and that is all we need to get the benefits!
Some fermented foods to consider are:
*raw, organic refrigerated sauerkraut
*raw, organic refrigerated kimchi
*raw, organic fermented veggies of any kind
*organic coconut kefir
*organic fermented coconut beverage (although this will not contain as many benefits as those listed above, it is an option)
(*Note: Keep in mind these must be raw, organic and refrigerated to have the benefits. A warm, processed jar of sauerkraut found down aisle six at the grocery store just won’t do. This is over-processed sauerkraut with little to no nutritional value.)
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